Citizenship Through Naturalization
U.S. citizenship for foreign national
It has always been important for persons eligible to apply for naturalization and obtain their American citizenship. This is true now more than ever.
Several actions can exclude you from good moral character, such as committing certain crimes, smuggling illegal aliens, habitual drunkenness, polygamy, and more.
To apply for naturalization, you’ll need to be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in English as well as show knowledge of the basics of history and the government of the US. Some people are exempt from the language and history requirements, and eligible for exclusions and waivers.
You’ll be asked to take an oath of allegiance, where you promise to support the Constitution and obey the laws of the US, renounce any foreign allegiance or title, and be ready to bear arms for the armed forces of the US if it’s required.
How does one obtain Citizenship?
There are many ways to obtain citizenship in the United States. Citizenship is automatically granted if the individual was born in the US or its possessions, or if the individual was born outside the United States to citizen parents. Most individuals seeking citizenship are interested in naturalization.
The basic requirement of naturalization is that the applicant must have been a continuous lawful permanent resident of the United States for five or more years, or have been married to a permanent resident for more than three years and be currently married to that spouse.
An absence from the US for one year or more without advance approval from BCIS breaks the continuity of five years.
Can I avoid taking the exam in English?
Persons who are over 55 years old with permanent residence for more than 15 years can take the exam in their own language. Those over fifty years of age who are a resident for more than 20 years also qualify for this.
What about my children?
Often individuals who are naturalized can provide derivative citizenship to their minor children when they turn 18.